SITTING FOR TOO LONG; NOT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. . .
By Medical Mattaz Team
Sitting is probably one of the most things we do on a regular basis. About 75% of our daily activities revolve around sitting, whether it's in the office, or driving, watching TV, dinning, even as you read this, and so on.
Moving a little out of the motivation that "sitting and doing nothing all day kills you gradually", research suggests that sitting for long hours generally has great negative toll on our health regardless of how much exercise we do. Sitting for very long hours causes the body the following health problems:
Going from active to sitting doesn't lower your appetite or your energy intake. Prolonged sitting may trigger us to eat more than we should, leading to weight gain.
Sitting for prolonged periods is associated with the body's reduced effectiveness in regulating levels of glucose, which dramatically increases the chances of unhealthy blood-sugar levels and type-2 diabetes.
• REDUCED BRAIN ACTIVITY
Moving muscles pump fresh blood and oxygen through the brain and trigger the release of all sorts of brain-and mood-enhancing chemicals. When seated for a long time, everything slows, including brain function.
• HEART DISEASE
Muscles burn less fat and blood flows more slowly during a long sit, allowing accumulation of fatty acids around the heart. Prolonged sitting has been linked to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, and people with the most seating time are more than twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease than those with the least.
• MUSCLE DEGENERATION
When you stand, move or even sit up straight, abdominal muscles keep you upright. But when you slump in a chair, they go unused. Tight back muscles and weak abs form posture-wrecking effects that can "exaggerate the spine's natural arch", a condition called Lordosis.
• POOR CIRCULATION IN LEGS
Sitting for long periods of time slows blood circulation, which causes fluid to pool in the legs. Problems range from swollen ankles and varicose veins to dangerous.
Take a walk today. Medical Mattaz Team cares.